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Top tips for perfecting nail prep

By Guest Writer | 27 February 2024

Elevate your business and embrace new techniques with advice from the Scratch Stars award-winning OPI team, as OPI field educator, Ashleigh Clements, shares her top tips for perfecting nail prep. Nail preparation is the foundation of a great nail service. Great nail prep offers a smooth canvas for product application…

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At Home Gel Polish

Why you shouldn’t use an at-home gel polish kit

By Katie Barnes | 13 January 2021

Salon owner, educator and award-winning nail stylist, Katie Barnes, unveils concerns surrounding DIY gel polish kits… Gel polish seems like an easy to use, harmless product – surely, it’s just like painting on a nail polish, isn’t it? Well, this is the attitude that is causing problems amongst some non-professionals, as they…

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Magpie Beauty Perfect Poly

Magpie Beauty launches Perfect Poly acrygel range

By Sophie Nutt | 4 September 2020

Magpie Beauty has launched its Perfect Poly acrygel range, boasting a strong yet flexible formula ideal for overlays and enhancements. Perfect Poly cures under LED light, and techs are able to mould the product easily into place before curing a Magpie Beauty lamp. No setting time or ratio means the…

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Ink London Ballerina Fit Tips

Extend nails speedily with INK London Long Ballerina Fit-Tips

By Sophie Nutt | 26 July 2020

INK London has revealed its Long Ballerina Fit-Tips, offering a speedy service time and strong, flexible nail enhancements that boast a flush finish. Made of soft gel, the full coverage Fit-Tips are thin and flexible with a reinforced free edge for extra strength, are soakable and require no filing. What’s…

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Magpie Beauty Full On Tips

Offer speedy enhancements with Magpie Beauty Full On Tips

By Sophie Nutt | 18 July 2020

Magpie Beauty has launched Full On Tips designed to save professional nail technicians time and money by offering an express nail extension service. Available in both Almond and Tapered Square shapes, the Full On Tips boast a wear-time of up to three weeks and can be applied using both acrylic…

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Hayley Mccabe

WHAT I’M WEARING: Hayley McCabe

By Sophie Nutt | 17 May 2020

We want to see what you’re wearing on your nails! Talented tech, Hayley McCabe, wears a sparkling golden glitter French. “I have had short nails for a while and so sculpted enhancements using the Lecenté Create Builder Gel. I added one coat of CND Shellac in Negligee and encapsulated Lecenté…

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Elysia Harmony

WHAT I’M WEARING: Elysia Harmony, Elysia’s Harmony Nail Artistry & Education

By Sophie Nutt | 10 May 2020

We want to see what you’re wearing on your nails! Elysia Harmony, of Elysia’s Harmony Nail Artistry & Education, wears fiery red and orange enhancements. “As a nail technician, I find it relatively easy to have longer length nails but wanted to understand what challenges my clients face. Since the…

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Katie Barnes expands nail tool range

By Sophie Nutt | 15 November 2019

Since the launch of the Katie Barnes Tool Range earlier this year, the KB Thickness Measuring Tool is the latest addition to the collection. Scratch Stars Nail Stylist of the Year 2019, Katie Barnes, has deigned the KB Thickness Measuring Calliper specifically for precise measuring of nail enhancement thickness. The tool…

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Jo Wickens

Jo Wickens on enhancements & education

By Kat Hill | 26 October 2019

What is your trademark nail style? My go-to style is colourful, glittering designs, featuring Swarovski crystals or nail art. I am not afraid of colour, and neither are my clients! In fact, it’s rare for me to use the same shade twice in one day. I also love doing a…

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Lola Bunny

MANI MONDAY: Lola Bunny

By Sophie Nutt | 23 September 2019

Begin the week the right way with some nail inspiration this mani Monday! Who doesn’t love Lola Bunny? This nail design by @miunailsart at ISLA Berlin is sassy yet super sweet, seeing baby blue hues combine with hand painted art of the fabulous Looney Tunes character, alternative French tips, the…

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